Lecture 5: The 10th Plague, The Passover & Exodus (Ch11-12)
  • Why is the story of the Exodus continually interrupted by liturgical sections? Which authors
    wrote which sections and why?
  • How do we re-live this event and other New Testament events in liturgy?
  • What are the roots of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread and how did they become
    tied to the Exodus events?
  • Did the detailed rules of the Passover as we read them in Exodus come from Moses or a much
    later time?
  • What is the role of the ‘birkat ha-mazon’ prayer in the Passover celebration at the time of Jesus
    and how does this become the Eucharistic Prayer?
  • How does the timing of Jesus’ death in St. John connect to the killing of the Passover lambs?
  • What is the main theme of the earliest Easter hymn we have (Bishop Melito of Sardis c.200 AD)?
  • Why do some theologians say that the book of Exodus, which shows God’s preference for the
    poor, is an exercise in partisan theology?
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